-The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club Meeting is held on the third Saturday of each month, at 5:00pm.
We meet at the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Regional Offices, at the corner of West Bypass & Division, in Springfield, MO. Testing will also be available at 3:00 pm for anyone wanting to get their technician license, or upgrade to a General or Extra class license. The fee for the tests is $15. Again this may be dependent on weather conditions.
Any one that is interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator should attend a meeting, or testing session. You do not have to already have your license, or be a club member to attend. Everyone is welcome including friends, family, and children. A meal is usually prepared by an outstanding cook.and anyone is welcome to bring sides dishes, soft drinks, or desserts. Guests are welcome to stay to eat.
– May Meeting –
Next month we will discuss our plans Field Day 2017. This event is a little over 2 months away and now is the time to start gearing up and preparing for this exciting event. If you are a newly licensed ham we encourage you to invite your family and friends. Lewis (KD0KNL) has expressed interest in having another antenna build project on that day. There will be activities suited for everyone who attends. So if you have any ideas or questions about what Field Day is all about be sure to come to our meeting in May
-CERT Classes scheduled for June-
CERT or Community Emergency Response Team, provides basic disaster preparedness and response training to the public. A typical CERT class includes 24 hours of training covering
The National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Light Search & Rescue Techniques
The class concludes with a practical exercise in which you’ll respond to a simulated disaster to practice skills learned in the classroom. The fee for this course is $20 per person. Participants must attend all classed to complete the CERT training course and receive a certificate. Visit https://greenecountymo.gov/oem/cert/ for training dates and other information.
R & L Electronics has put together a couple of radio packages for brand new Hams! The basic pack includes a Baofeng UV5 hand held radio, and a Gordon West Technician study guide, and is less than $50, with free shipping!!
You can see details for both the basic & deluxe packages at: www.randl.com. Once on the main page, just type “new ham” into the search bar, and you will see both of the radio packages.
-Message from Larry Scantlan regarding MARPA The Missouri House bill 136-
ATTENTION MISSOURI HAMS
I just got off the phone with Rep. Mike Cierpiot’s (Majority House Floor Leader) office after speaking with one of his Legal Assistants, James, about our Bill. I let him know that this Bill was important to a substantially large number of Missouri residents across the state and that we request that he bring it to the full House floor for debate and vote this week. I also let him know that this legislation had been before the House last year, HB1951, and had successfully passed Perfection Vote. I mentioned that we had 13 co-sponsors of our Bill which demonstrated strong Representative support for it, too.
When I asked him if he had been receiving many calls asking for the same consideration, he told me that I was the first to call today! He did say that he recalled he had gotten a few calls about it over the past 2 weeks and that he wasn’t the only one in the office answering the phone. Ladies and gentlemen, if we are going to have “our” way on this legislation, we must make a greater impact than a “few” calls. Our effort must be overwhelming to counteract the strong opposition. Please take 5 minutes right now to call Rep. Cierpiot’s office and let him know you are part of the group that supports this Bill. His phone # is 573-751-0907. CALL NOW! Thank you
-Skywarn Youth Net-
The Skywarn Youth Net is at 7:30pm on Sundays on the 145.490 N0NWS repeater. This net is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn repeater system to encourage young amateur radio operators and their families to key up and get out on the air and to create an educational awareness among these operators about Skywarn and basic weather facts. For more information about this net you can go to www.N0NWS.com/youth.
- TAMERA – VIA N0MIO
Net Control de KE0DTZ